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US Official Resigns Over Air Force One Flyover


The White House official who took responsibility for a security scare in New York City last month has resigned.

Louis Caldera, head of the White House Military Office, gave notice on Friday, nearly two weeks after the presidential plane flew at low altitude over New York City for a photo session. A White House statement said the resignation has been accepted.

A review of the incident was released Friday along with a picture of the Boeing 747 flying above the Statue of Liberty. The review said senior presidential aides had not been informed of the flyover.

The April 27 incident prompted evacuations in Manhattan, one of the scenes of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. Hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center's twin towers, killing more than 2,700 people.

The flyover cost taxpayers more than $300,000.


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